Public Education History

By mbitney
  • Old Duleder Satan Act

    This act required every town of more than 50 families have a primary school teacher for the young children, and towns of more than 100 families have a Latin teacher who would prepare promising young men for Harvard College. There they would be educated to join the ministry.
  • First Normal Schools established in France

    Horace Mann promoted the establishment of special state funded post secondary institutions, and the first of its kind was established in France. It was a model for the training of elementary teachers. The first normal school in the Americas was established in Lexington, Massachusetts in 1839.
  • First Board of Education

    Massachusetts legislature created the first board of education and appointed Horace Mann to the position of secretary to the board.
  • Plessy vs Ferguson

    A court case from 1896 where Homer Plessy was being tried because he refused to sit in the colored car on the train. The courts ruled 7-1 in favor of upholding the current segregation law.
  • Brown vs Board of Education

    This court case overturned Plessy vs Ferguson from 1896. It declared that seperate schools for blacks and whites were unconstitutional.
  • No Child Left Behind Act passed

    George W. Bush proposed this act in January of 2001, and it is a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. The act requires that states assess basic skills of all students in order to receive federal funding.